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Native Perennials for Dry Shade
For my own landscape I investigated similar conditions at local parks to see what is growing. The following three perennials are very dependable and will perform well in these conditions.
The sharply serrated leaves are attractive when this plant is not in flower. Zig Zag Goldenrod spreads by rhizomes, forming a nice cluster. It can be utilized in a woodland border or naturalized in an informal planting style in an understory.
Read more about Zig Zag Goldenrod here.
Virginia Waterleaf is a tough woodland native perennial. It can withstand quite a bit of disturbance and is often a remnant in a landscape that has been taken over by invasive plants.
The softly lobed 3 parted foliage is very attractive - silmilar to Columbine (Aquilegia) foliage. The flower stalks can grow to around 2.5 feet tall with the foliage remaining shorter. The foliage also stays attractive throughout the summer months and contrasts nicely with other forms and textures.
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